BlizzCon 2011: Diablo Highlights

Blizzard's annual celebration of all things Diablo, Warcraft, and Starcraft is this week, and here's the scoop on everything to expect as we near day one of the weekend's events. As always, we here at DiabloFans will do our best to bring you everything the event has to offer, from as-it-happens news to dissection of post-event releases.

For a complete list of events and a guide through the festivities, make sure you take advantage of Blizzard's BlizzCon app for the Android and i-devices.


Official Blizzard Quote:



Are you ready for BlizzCon 2011? Blizzard Entertainment's two-day gaming festival begins this Friday, October 21, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The sold-out show features developer discussion panels, top-tier tournament competition, the popular costume and dance contests hosted by Jay Mohr, an epic closing concert featuring Foo Fighters, and much more.

You can still join us from home by purchasing a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, featuring more than 50 hours of live HD coverage streaming online as well as the exclusive BlizzCon 2011 World of Warcraft pet, Murkablo, and yet-to-be-revealed StarCraft II in-game gift. DIRECTV customers in the U.S. can also order BlizzCon as a Pay Per View event and get a Virtual Ticket for free. For more information, read our recent press release or visit BlizzCon.com.

Blizzard has already highlighted three panels, including Ask the Artists, The Sounds of Sanctuary, and the Artists' Stage. But for even more Diablo excitement, keep an eye on the following events and discussions:

  • Diablo III: Gameplay and Combat Systems (Day 1: 12:00 - 12:50 PM)
  • Diablo III: Skill, Passive, and Rune Systems (Day 1: 1:00 - 1:50 PM)
  • Diablo III in the Lore Zone (Day 1: 4:30 - 6:00 PM; Day 2: 3:00 - 4:00 PM)
  • Diablo III: Gameplay & Auction House (Day 1: 4:45 - 5:45 PM)
  • Diablo III Lore (Day 2: 10:00 - 11:00 AM)
  • Diablo III Open Q&A (Day 2: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
  • Diablo III: Gear and Items (Day 2: 12:00 - 12:50 PM)
  • Diablo III: Lore and Story (Day 2: 2:30 - 3:45 PM)
  • Blizzard Cinematics: Diablo III - Making of "Black Soulstone" (Day 2: 3:00 - 4:00 PM)
Perhaps Blizzard might even have some tricks up its sleeve. With a portended release in early 2012, some contend that a release date for Diablo III might not be far off.

To be sure, Diablo certainly has a presence at this year's convention, and we're excited to bring all the action to you! Stick around for all the latest as BlizzCon 2011 kicks off.


This is also a great time to point out the BlizzCon 2011 Mobile App! Plan on attending the Convention? Use the app to help you plan your trip!


Official Blizzard Quote:



Headed to BlizzCon 2011? Bring a guide along with you! The free BlizzCon 2011 Guide mobile app, available now for Android™, iPhone®, and iPod touch®, is part calendar and part event planner. This convenient app is designed to help you make the most of your BlizzCon experience -- you can browse for times and locations of developer panels and tournaments, set reminders to make sure you don’t miss out on a single event, and find your way through the exhibit halls with an interactive floor map.

Read more on the BlizzCon 2011 Guide page, or download the app for free now through iTunes or Android Market.

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